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Edward Becker

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Edward Becker
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #14
Station:   Philadelphia, PA
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   12/31/1981 - 5/4/2003
Chief:   1998-2003
Senior:   5/4/2003-5/19/2006
Preceded by:   Max Rosenn
Succeeded by:   Franklin Van Antwerpen
Past post:   Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Past term:   1970-1981
Personal History
Born:   1933
Deceased:   5/19/2006
Undergraduate:   U. Pennsylvania '54
Law School:   Yale Law '57
Edward Roy Becker (1933-2006) was a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Becker was the 2001 recipient of the Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award.

Early life and education

  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1954
  • Yale Law School, LL.B., 1957

Professional career

  • Private practice, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1957-1970

Awards and associations

Judicial career

Third Circuit

Becker was nominated to the Third Circuit by President Ronald Reagan on November 16, 1981, to a seat vacated by Max Rosenn; he was confirmed by the Senate on December 3, 1981, and received commission that same day. He served as chief judge from 1998-2003. He assumed senior status on May 4, 2003, and served in that capacity until his death on May 19, 2006.[2]

Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Becker was nominated to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by President Richard Nixon on September 24, 1970, to a new seat created by 84 Stat. 294; he was confirmed by the Senate on October 8, 1970, and received commission six days later. He served this court until his January 22, 1982 appointment to the Third Circuit. Becker was succeeded in this position by Thomas O'Neill.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA - new seat
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Seat #14
Succeeded by:
Thomas O'Neill
Preceded by:
Max Rosenn
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
Franklin Van Antwerpen